Robiquetia virescens Ormerod & S.S.Fernando 2008

Plant and Inflorescence Photos by Buddhika Mawella and his Lanka Nature Summary Blog


Drawing by M.D.Dassanayake & F.R.Fosberg and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade WarmCool MID Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Greenish Robiquetia

Flower Size 1.2 to .2" [ 3 to 5 mm]

Found in southern India and Sri Lanka in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations up to 1296 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an elongate, nonpseudobulbous stem carrying linear-oblong, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the mid winter through early spring on an axillary, short, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with triangular, acute, spiny margined floral bracts and carrying green or white flowers.

Synonyms Robiquetia virescens (Gardner ex Lindl.) Jayaw. 1981; Saccolabium virescens Gardner ex Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide;Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007